The Best Roasted Asparagus – Juicy, Crisp, Flavorful, Outstanding

The Best Roasted Asparagus – Juicy, Crisp, Flavorful, OutstandingThe Best Roasted Asparagus – How I Love Thee

Fresh spring asparagus, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. Delightful shaved raw into ribbons for a salad with almonds and pecorino cheese. Luxurious roasted, puréed and folded into risotto. And absolutely sublime when thick spears roast on one Continue reading

Cauliflower “Couscous” Salad à la Eric Ripert

Cauliflower Couscous Salad à la Eric RipertCauliflower Couscous Salad – Who Knew?

Earlier this year during my “everything-cauliflower spree” I read about cauliflower couscous. Make cauliflower into couscous? Though intriguing, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like. Then last Thursday I bought a cauliflower especially for making “couscous.” Continue reading

Salsa Verde w/ Roasted Asparagus & Kalamata Olives

Salsa Verde w/ Roasted Asparagus & Kalamata Olives Salsa Verde – Another Classic Italian Green Sauce

Lots and lots of Italian flat leaf parsley, lots of fresh basil and a good amount of fresh mint swirled together with capers, homemade mustard, white wine vinegar and your best olive oil. Easily made in 10-15 minutes, Continue reading

Celebrate Spring – My First Video

Celebrate Spring - My First Video

Celebrate Spring – Presenting Spring’s Bounty in Image & Recipe

Done! Scroll down to view my very first video. So much fun I’ve had creating this Celebrate Spring video featuring seven healthy and delicious recipes for spring. You’ll also see many of your favorite spring fruit, flower and vegetable portraits in this new video. Continue reading

Roasted Asparagus Risotto with Peas & Spinach

Roasted Asparagus Risotto with Peas & SpinachRoasted Asparagus Risotto Stops the Conversation

Occasionally it happens. One taste of a special dish and the conversation stops, replaced with sighs of delight. Luxuriously creamy risotto does that. This was the scene Sunday afternoon with the first bite of Roasted Asparagus Risotto. Its heightened color and flavor from the abundance of Continue reading

Wrinkled Green Beans – Gingery, Garlicky Good

Wrinkled Green Beans – Gingery, Garlicky GoodWrinkled Green Beans – “Dry-fried” in the Oven without the Mess

On the menu of many Chinese restaurants, classic wrinkled green beans from the Szechuan region of southwestern China remain one of my favorite dishes. “Dry frying” the beans in a wok at home makes quite the mess Continue reading

Asparagus Ribbon Salad w/ Almonds & Pecorino

Asparagus Ribbon Salad w Almonds & Pecorino“You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook’s year. I get more excited by that than anything else.”  Mario Batali

Celebrate the End of Asparagus Season 2012

There’s another equally important and defining moment. It comes at the end of each season Continue reading